October 2011

Lata Mangeshkar – G.M. Durrani Controversy

By |October 9th, 2011|

One of the reasons that might have contributed to the downfall of G.M. Durrani was this incident which Lata mentions in the book “Lata Mangeshkar… in her own voice”.

“The first song I sang for Naushad was a duet with G.M. Durrani,- `Haye chhore ki […]

December 2010

Questions from Readers – Unknown Bangladeshi or Nepalese Actress

By |December 19th, 2010|

I got this email from one of the readers :-

I want some information about this actress who might be Bangladeshi or Nepalese. She acted in Pakistani fims from 1986-1987. I am attaching a picture of her below.

Imran Khan”

If someone can help Imran Khan identify […]

November 2010

Help Identify These Unknown Singers

By |November 21st, 2010|

HMV released four cassette set of Vintage Favourites From Films – The Earliest Hindi Film Hits from 1932 – 1942 long time ago. It was a good collection of rare and old Hindi film songs from 30s and early 40s. The covers of this […]

Two Debutants / Same Film Curse…

By |November 7th, 2010|

It has been noticed in Bollywood films that whenever two actors are introduced in the same film.. usually one becomes successful and the other fades out… Here are some examples …

Bhagyashree and Salman Khan in Maine Pyar Kiya (1989)
Salman Khan (In) – Bhagyashree (Out)


Both […]

October 2010

Dilli Sai Aaya – Ek Thi Ladki (1949) – Who sang this mystery song?

By |October 2nd, 2010|

Ek Thi Ladki (1949) musical score is still popular among musical buffs especially Lata’s evergreen song Lara lappa lara lappa lai rakhda. Ek Thi Ladki music was composed by lesser known music director Vinod and songs sung by Lata, Rafi, Geeta Dutt, G.M. Durrani […]

September 2010

Historical inaccuracies in Indian – Pakistani Films

By |September 6th, 2010|

Historical Inaccuracy – 1
In this song Anarkali (Madhubala) is performing in front of  Mughal Emperor Akbar with the famous Sheesh Mahal shown (The Palace of Mirrors) in the background. However, it should be kept in mind that Sheesh Mahal didn’t even exist during […]

May 2010

Shakila in Aar Paar (1954)

By |May 18th, 2010|

This is perhaps one of the best songs composed by O.P. Nayyar for Geeta Dutt. Accordion plays a major part in setting the overall mood of the song and Geeta sings this song in her distinctive frothy style.

This song was picturized on Shakila. According […]

Cuckoo, Shamshad Begum and Shanker Jaikishen

By |May 16th, 2010|

This is the only SOLO song sung by Shamshad Begum for Shanker-Jaikishan. Shanker Jaikishan used Shamshad’s voice only 3 times during their long careers. The reason for using her voice sparingly in their compositions is provided by Shamshad and her daughter Usha below…

“Shamshad Begum […]

Nasreen in Deewana (1964)

By |May 16th, 2010|

Deewana was Lollywood’s second horror film. It was made way back in 1964 and took its inspiration from the Invisible Man and The Spiral Staircase. Sabiha was cast in the role of an insomniac and the film despite starting off with a certain amount […]

Shyam and Naseem in Shabistan (1951)

By |May 16th, 2010|

Shabistan (1951) songs were composed by  two music directors – Madan Mohan and C. Ramchandra. This particular song was composed by C. Ramchandra and sung by Geeta Dutt and Talat Mahmood. C. Ramchandra used Geeta’s voice sparingly, but this film has 3 Talat-Geeta […]